President Barack Obama with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

President Barack Obama with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Global Director Bonnie Reiss, USC President C.L. Max Nikias and former Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist at the inaugural symposium

Global Director Bonnie Reiss, USC President C.L. Max Nikias and former Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist at the inaugural symposium

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and former Governor of Florida Charlie Crist discuss the importance of post-partisanship at the inaugural symposium

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and former Governor of Florida Charlie Crist discuss the importance of post-partisanship at the inaugural symposium

Governor Schwarzenegger, Jimmy Iovine, Ron Meyer, Brian Grazer and USC President C.L. Max Nikias at the inaugural symposium

Governor Schwarzenegger, Jimmy Iovine, Ron Meyer, Brian Grazer and USC President C.L. Max Nikias at the inaugural symposium

NROTC Midshipman Greg Riddell, Olympic medalist Bryshon Nellum, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Institute Global Director Bonnie Reiss celebrate the launch of the institute

NROTC Midshipman Greg Riddell, Olympic medalist Bryshon Nellum, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Institute Global Director Bonnie Reiss celebrate the launch of the institute

Journalist Cokie Roberts, USC Price School Dean Jack Knott, Gov. Tom Ridge, and Governor Schwarzenegger at the inaugural symposium

Journalist Cokie Roberts, USC Price School Dean Jack Knott, Gov. Tom Ridge, and Governor Schwarzenegger at the inaugural symposium

Advancing Policy, not Politics
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"I'd like to personally welcome you to the USC Schwarzenegger Institute website where our mission is advancing policy not politics as we seek real world solutions to the challenges facing society."

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Recent Announcements

Center for Public Integrity Launches “Carbon Wars”

Center for Public Integrity Launches “Carbon Wars”

In partnership with the UCLA Law Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment , the Schwarzenegger Institute invited prominent California environmental leaders to USC to learn about the Center for Public Integrity's newest project “Carbon Wars”. The Center's new multi-year focus, “Carbon Wars”, takes an unsparing look at the fossil-fuel industry- calling out companies that pollute the air and water and contribute to global warming, and regulators and politicians who can’t or won’t do their jobs to check these abuses.

10th Anniversary of California’s Landmark Global Warming Solutions Act

10th Anniversary of California’s Landmark Global Warming Solutions Act

USC Schwarzenegger Institute partnered with the California Museum in Sacramento to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passage of AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, the landmark law which requires California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to 1990 levels by the year 2020. Governor Schwarzenegger was joined by Governor Jerry Brown, Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, Chair of the Air Resource Board Mary Nichols, and the legislative leaders who authored AB32, Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez and Senator Fran Pavley for the event in the California Museum’s courtyard.

Governor Schwarzenegger and National Geographic Host Premiere for Second Season of “Years of Living Dangerously”

Governor Schwarzenegger and National Geographic Host Premiere for Second Season of “Years of Living Dangerously”

Years of Living Dangerously, the Emmy-winning climate change series, returns for a second season This October. To mark the occasion Governor Schwarzenegger and National Geographic hosted a star studded premiere at the Museum of Natural History in New York on September 21st. Schwarzenegger spoke at the event about how shows like “Years of Living Dangerously” frame the issue of climate change in ways that resonates with average people and helps them better understand the day-to-day impacts of climate change.

Schwarzenegger Institute Participated in “After Fossil Fuels – The New Economy” Conference at Oberlin College

Schwarzenegger Institute Participated in “After Fossil Fuels – The New Economy” Conference at Oberlin College

The Institute was proud to collaborate with Oberlin College for their three day conference "After Fossil Fuels - The New Economy." The conference focused on a wide range of clean energy economy related topics including "Capitalism vs. Ecological Economics in a Hotter World," "The Role of Investments" and "Local Solutions, Cities and States." Governor Schwarzenegger and Tom Steyer, founder of NextGen Climate, closed the conference with a bluntly honest, wide ranging and inspiring conversation moderated by Michael Duffy, Deputy Managing Editor for Time Magazine. The recurring theme found throughout the conference was the belief that clean energy is the next great economic opportunity for the United States, and the sooner state and national leaders act to support this, the more American workers will benefit.

Schwarzenegger Institute Expands Leadership Team

Schwarzenegger Institute Expands Leadership Team

Famed California historian and University Professor Kevin Starr recently accepted the role of Senior Adviser to the Global Director. Professor Starr will provide strategic council to Governor Schwarzenegger and Global Director Reiss as well as oversee independent research projects and collaborations that support the overall mission of the Schwarzenegger Institute. In addition, Richard Costigan, John Danielson, Ian Duncan, and Kathay Feng have all agreed to the join the Institute's advisory board. All four have worked closely with the Schwarzenegger Institute since its founding in 2012 and join our other advisers in bring substantial public policy knowledge and experience to the organization.

Silicon Valley Leadership Group Energy and Sustainability Summit 2016

Silicon Valley Leadership Group Energy and Sustainability Summit 2016

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) hosted their 4th Annual Energy and Sustainability Summit at Oracle and featured thought leaders from academia, government, and business, including Institute Global Director Bonnie Reiss. The Summit addressed the historic climate agreement reached at COP21 in Paris in December 2015 and the passage of new climate laws in California like SB 350. The Summit focused on utilizing cutting edge innovative technologies and what can be done on a practical level to prepare for a changing policy and regulatory landscape.

Schwarzenegger Institute and Field Research Release Poll

Schwarzenegger Institute and Field Research Release Poll

A new survey of Californians likely to vote in the state's upcoming June 7 presidential primary examines the issues voters in the nation's largest state consider most important when deciding whom to support for president. The study was conducted on behalf of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute by The Field Poll.

Schwarzenegger Institute Continues Focus on Climate Change

Schwarzenegger Institute Continues Focus on Climate Change

Schwarzenegger Institute Global Director Bonnie Reiss was invited as a special guest at European Union consul generals' strategy meeting. Director Reiss provided an overview on the Institute’s work and participated in a wide ranging public policy discussion that touched on trade, education and criminal justice but mainly focused on climate change issues.

LA County’s top three leaders – all of whom are women – convene at The Price School of Public Policy for a Discussion with Bonnie Reiss

LA County’s top three leaders – all of whom are women – convene at The Price School of Public Policy for a Discussion with Bonnie Reiss

For the first time since Los Angeles County was established in 1850, three women hold its top positions of leadership. The USC Price School of Public Policy’s Athenian Society hosted those women - L.A. County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis, CEO Sachi Hamai and County Counsel Mary Wickham – for a Dean’s Speaker Series event, moderated by Schwarzenegger Institute Global Director Bonnie Reiss, highlighting the impact that female leaders have in the policy arena.

Institute Focuses on Carbon Emission Markets

Institute Focuses on Carbon Emission Markets

This month the USC Schwarzenegger Institute continued its focus on climate change - with a particular focus on carbon emissions trading. The Institute hosted Dr. Ian Duncan, Member of the European Parliament, and lead author on the Parliament's report exploring reforms to the European Union’s carbon emissions trading scheme. Joining Dr. Duncan were leaders from across California that helped develop and manage the State’s successful cap and trade program.

LIVE FROM PARIS COP21: Final Days of Negotiations to Reach Global Accord

LIVE FROM PARIS COP21: Final Days of Negotiations to Reach Global Accord

With three days remaining for the COP21 to reach an accord, negotiators are working hard to overcome final obstacles being raised by some nations. Achieving consensus from the 195 nations participating in the COP21 is quite a challenge. If you can imagine any state or national governing body having 100% of their members agree on anything you can begin to understand the daunting challenge faced by summit negotiators.

LIVE FROM PARIS: Institute Partners with Sciences Po University and Addresses UN Assembly

LIVE FROM PARIS:  Institute Partners with Sciences Po University and Addresses UN Assembly

On Monday in Paris at the COP21 climate summit progress continues on plans to reduce emissions and create a renewable energy future. Schwarzenegger urged national leaders to ignore the naysayers but to keep focused on their positive vision for the future, powered by renewable energy. He used California as an example of what is possible when sub-national governments act. Schwarzenegger commended the UN for recognizing the important role they play and for including cities, states and regions in negotiations for the first time. Schwarzenegger also spoke to students in a packed lecture hall at Sciences Po University,and pumped up them up telling them how important they are in the crusade to address climate change, one of the most significant issue facing their generation.

On the Road to Paris: Institute Continues Its Focus on Global Warming

On the Road to Paris: Institute Continues Its Focus on Global Warming

The Institute, in partnership with the USC Environmental Student Assembly, hosts Dr. Per Espen Stoknes, prominent author, economist and organizational psychologist, on how to talk about climate change. President of Climate Action Reserve Gary Gero was also hosted by the SI and the ESA in order to brief the USC student community on the upcoming UN Summit, COP21, in Paris. In addition, Institute Global Director Bonnie Reiss participates in UC Conference on Carbon Neutrality where a landmark report was announced.

On the Road to UN Climate Summit in Paris: Institute Hosts Austrian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management

On the Road to UN Climate Summit in Paris: Institute Hosts Austrian Minister  of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management

As Governor Schwarzenegger, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute and our partners at the R20 prepare to participate at the UN’s COP 21 in Paris in December we are continuing our collaborations with other regions and leaders throughout the world to advance policy solutions. The Institute was proud to host the Austrian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Andrae Rupprechter

Institute and PPIC Join with State Leaders to Find Solutions to Water Crisis

Institute and PPIC Join with State Leaders to Find Solutions to Water Crisis

With California in the fourth year of a record drought that resulted in Gov. Jerry Brown ordering mandatory water restrictions earlier this month for the first time in the state’s history, an all-star group of state leaders including government, agriculture, environment, business and academia, gathered at USC for a timely discussion titled “The New Reality: Addressing California’s Water Challenge.”

Schwarzenegger and National Leaders Urge Congress to Keep After-School Funding

Schwarzenegger and National Leaders Urge Congress to Keep After-School Funding

Former Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger led a National After-School Summit at the University of Southern California on March 24 to call for a unified voice telling Congress not to terminate federal funding for after-school programs and to announce that he's launching a movement for every student to have the opportunity for the adult supervision and life-enrichment these programs provide.

September 8th Climate Symposium - Global Climate Negotiations: Lessons From California

September 8th Climate Symposium - Global Climate Negotiations: Lessons From California

In our unwavering battle against global climate change, we are fortunate to claim some of today’s most innovative and pioneering leaders as fighting on our team. Among them are Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor Jerry Brown, California Senator Kevin De Leon, Mary Nichols, Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Lisa Jackson and Ed Begley Jr. It was very fitting that these pioneers came together on September 8,2014.

Schwarzenegger Institute Convenes Symposium on Political Gridlock

Schwarzenegger Institute Convenes Symposium on Political Gridlock

When asked what young people can do to fix their government in the face of crippling gridlock, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urged the crowd to look no further than the work of USC’s own students. The discussion took place as the USC Schwarzenegger Institute convened a symposium titled Government and Leadership: People Over Politics. The symposium featured two provocative conversations with advocates from across the political spectrum in support of a common goal: to fight political gridlock and make democracy work for the people.